It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot; and as oligarchic when they are filled by election.
Where there are things to be done the end is not to survey and recognize the various things, but rather to do them...
Melancholy men, of all others, are the most witty.
For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.
And if a man believes nothing, but believes it equally so and not so, how would his state be different from a vegetable's?